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Masonic Temple, Boston [Massachusetts]
Benjamin F. Nutting (1803-1884)
USA: Massachusetts, Boston
Lithograph on paper mounted on board
overall: 17 1/8 in x 12 5/8 in
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts

Lithograph (print) showing large Gothic style building with two-story peaked windows and towers. Street scene in Boston, Massachusetts showing various pedestrians and man on horse; next to building is Episcopal Cathedral on Tremont Street. At bottom of image is lettering: "B.F. Nutting del et sculp Entered according to Act of Congress." Below image: "Masonic Temple, Boston."

This print shows the Grand Lodge's first Boston Masonic building, which stood at Tremont Street and Temple Place. Masons laid the cornerstone in 1830 and dedicated the completed structure two years later. The building featured Mason's Hall, lodge meeting rooms, lecture space, a chapel and two school rooms. In 1858, the Grand Lodge sold this building to the U.S. government, who used it as a courthouse. The artist of this print was Benjamin F. Nutting, a portraitist and lithographer who worked in Boston during the mid and late 1800s. For further information, see Newell, Aimee, et.al., "Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection", 2013, p. 62-63; and blog post, January 29, 2009 http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2009/01/a-presentation-pitcher.html